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UMA to Preserve Vet Tech Program

With The Bank of Maine gift and community support, UMA will transition Associates Program to a Bachelor’s Program.

UMA President Glenn Cummings announced today that UMA will be preserving the Veterinary Technology program. Last spring, the university had decided to phase the program out.

“Our initial decision to phase out the Vet Tech program was a painful one we felt we had to make in these very difficult budget times for the University of Maine System,” says Cummings. “We believe, however, by shifting the program from an Associate’s degree program to a Bachelor’s degree program, we have found a way to not only preserve this important program, but to strengthen it.”

UMA will be accepting one more incoming class to its Associate’s Degree class for this fall, 2015. The first incoming class of the Bachelor’s Degree program will begin in the fall of 2016.

“Through the new Bachelors of Veterinary Technology program, students will graduate with skills in biological/animal medical research, sustainable livestock farming, and office management in addition to the animal care and lab skills they have always possessed,” says Cummings. “We believe these additional skills will make our graduates even more invaluable to the veterinary community.”

Along with the announcement that UMA will be preserving and strengthening the Vet Tech program, President Cummings also announced that The Bank of Maine has stepped in with a $25,000 challenge grant to help the program transition from the Associate’s program to the Bachelor’s program.

“The Bank of Maine’s support is essential to this effort,” says Cummings. “The current Associate’s program runs at a significant deficit and we need transition monies to help us get to the fall of 2016 when the new program begins.

“UMA is optimistic the veterinary professional community and members of the community will step forward to match The Bank of Maine’s $25,000 challenge. If the challenge is successfully matched, UMA will use reserves to fund the remaining shortfall.”

"We are pleased to team up with UMA in supporting the initiative of promoting advanced education in the veterinarian industry," said John W. Everets, Chairman of The Bank of Maine. "With this commitment, we hope these extraordinary students can advance their degree, and go on to make a considerable impact in their professions and their communities in which we live and work."

A mailing to veterinary professionals in Maine asking for them to help match The Bank of Maine’s challenge grant is now going out. For more information on how to support this effort, contact Staci Warren at 621-3299 or go to uma.edu/give.

Pamela Proulx-Curry, Dean of the UMA Bangor campus, says the entire campus is applauding the decision to preserve Maine’s only nationally accredited veterinary technology program. “The vet tech program is important to our campus, to our students, and most importantly, to the professional veterinary community who rely on our graduates.”

Since the establishment of the Vet Tech program, over 235 graduates have found employment statewide with large and small animal veterinary clinics/hospitals, pharmaceutical firms, biological/medical research laboratories, commercial poultry/dairy companies, commercial testing laboratories, state agency labs, and other facilities. 

Maine-ly Harmony and Back Bay Four Will Perform at UMA Jewett Auditorium, Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2PM

The “Concerts at Jewett” Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will present “Sing a Cappella” with Maine-ly Harmony and Back Bay Four on Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2PM at Jewett Hall Auditorium. (Snow date: February 22nd.)

Maine-ly Harmony is an award winning a cappella women’s chorus directed by Kathy Greason, with members from Bangor and Auburn as well as central Maine. Chartered in 1989, the chorus celebrated 25 years of harmony in 2014. Maine-ly Harmony sings barbershop harmony, a style of four-part, unaccompanied (a cappella) singing.

Back Bay Four, a barbershop quartet, formed in 2001 and is made up of members of the Portland Downeasters Chorus. With over 60 collective years of barbershop harmony behind them, the group sings an eclectic mix of music.

Maine-ly Harmony 2014 PR

Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free. Tickets are available at Pat’s Pizza in Augusta, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, and at the door. Call 621-3551, or email umasc@maine.edu for more information or for mail order tickets.

Website: concerts@jewett.com

Next concert: Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2PM – Ladies of the Lake (Snow date: March 22nd)

Media contact:
Irene Forster
445-5227
iforster@fairpoint.net

50 UMA Faces50th Anniversary Exhibit Unveils UMA Alumni Portraits and Stories

In celebration of the University of Maine at Augusta’s 50th anniversary, an exhibition of photographs and stories of 50 alumni opens Jan. 20 at UMA’s Danforth Gallery.

“UMA Faces: 50years/50faces of alumni central to Maine” will be on display through Feb. 22. An opening reception is slated for Jan. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Alumni photographers Jen Burton, Danielle DeWald Pease, and Roderick Small have created black and white portraits of notable UMA alumni who value the impact of education in their lives. The list includes veterans, artists, civic leaders, healthcare professionals, musicians, educators, authors, and veterinary technicians.

In addition to the photographs are five, four-foot square mixed media portraits of seven alumni, including former Maine First Lady Mary Hermon, entrepreneur Roger Pomerleau, and UMA finance professor and musician Jon Finnegan. Each collaborative portrait is composed of 36 squares created by collage, drawing, painting, pen and ink, and other media.

The UMA Faces exhibit also launches the Maine Photo Project, a statewide collaboration of more than 30 museums, galleries and historical societies presenting photography-themed exhibitions and programs during 2015.

In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, UMA also has a 50th Anniversary Fund campaign designed to funnel funds to support scholarships, veterans enrolled at UMA, and strengthen online and distance education. To date, more than half of the fundraising goal of $5 million has been attained.

For more information visit the following links:

Exhibition Website: http://umafaces.com
Exhibition Catalog: http://www.blurb.com/b/5935535-50-faces-uma
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forumForum on Personal and Financial Security while Aging in Place

The UMA Senior College is hosting a forum on Personal and Financial Security for seniors in Jewett Hall Auditorium at UMA on Sunday, February 1, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. This is the third of a series of forums on how older citizens can successfully and safely age at home.

During the forum, a panel of experts will discuss optimizing your savings account, protection from fraud and physical and emotional safety, as well as answer questions about what you can do if you or others you know have been exploited. 

Panelists include Judith Shaw, Securities Administrator for the Maine Office of Securities, and co- chair of the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, Denis Culley an Attorney for the Legal Services for the Elderly, and Nan Bell, Community Educator of the Family Violence Project.

Panelist’s presentations will be followed by an audience discussion.

The forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. A snow is set for February 22nd.

For more information contact UMA Senior College at 621-3551 or umasc@maine.edu

UMA Climbs to 40th in the Nation for Best Online Programs says U.S. News & World Reports.

For the third year in a row U.S. News & World Reports has selected UMA in its national ranking of universities offering top online bachelor’s degree programs. UMA is the only university in Maine that was ranked.

“Even before the US News rankings, we firmly believed UMA was the premier institution in the state for delivering online and distance education,” says UMA President Glenn Cummings. “This year’s ranking strongly reinforces that belief.”

After making U.S. News & World Reports top picks for the past two years, UMA has climbed to 40th in the nation for its Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs. In 2013, UMA was ranked 103rd and in 2014, UMA ranked 61st.

“Each year, UMA faculty and staff work together to strengthen our delivery of online programs, and our success is reflected in our steady climb in the US News & World Reports rankings,” adds Cummings.

UMA works in concert with University College to deliver online and distance education across the state of Maine. UMA oversees eight University College Centers on behalf of the University of Maine System.

“Most Maine adults can’t uproot their lives to attend a college far from where they work and live. They need college to come to them, and that’s why UMA’s commitment to online education is so important,” says Bonnie Sparks, Executive Director of University College and Distance Education.

Thirty six percent of UMA’s students currently complete the majority of their coursework online, up from 30% at this time last year.

“Our commitment to online programs will only continue to grow in the years ahead as the need and demand for online programs increase here in Maine and across the country,” adds Cummings.

UMA offers nine online degree programs in Applied Science, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Information and Library Services, Justice Studies, Liberal Studies, Mental Health and Human Services, Public Administration, and Social Sciences. 

The U.S. News & World Reports’ rankings are based on statistical data gathered from questionnaires about each institution’s online specific bachelor's degree programs.  The factors considered were, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and student engagement.

A full list of the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in the survey can be found here:
http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings

The individual scoring for the University of Maine at Augusta can be found here:
http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-maine-at-augusta-6760/bachelors

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